Head of Buying (FTC 6-9 months) - Dorothy Perkins


Who we are:

Fashion isn’t just what we know, it’s what we love. With signature prints, seasonal must haves, wardrobe essentials and pieces for every occasion, our collections are exciting, feminine, versatile and affordable. Dorothy Perkins is for every woman: our clothes come in sizes 6 to 28 with dedicated Tall, Petite, Plus Size and Maternity collections, all with a focus on a feminine, flattering fit. With an extensive selection of shoes, boots, bags and accessories, you can find the perfect finishing touches at DP. Plus, with weekly in-store updates and daily online drops, there’s always something new to discover.

We already know a thing or two about making our customer feel great but that doesn’t stop us constantly looking for new ways to drive the business forwards. Dorothy Perkins is full of passionate people who like to work hard and love what they do and we are always on the lookout for talented people who want to make a difference.

As well as our Retail and Digital channels, our International presence continues to grow with our Wholesale and Franchise partnerships - If you want to be part of our dynamic, global business.

The Role:

The purpose of this fixed- term role is to work within the Senior Management Team contributing to the Brand strategy and developing ways to – Build the Brand and its image, strengthen market position and increase profits.

Day to Day:

The role includes a number of responsibilities including:

- Operating as a Senior Business Manager:

  • Operates as a strategic business manager, overseeing the teams and their processes, demonstrating best practise
  • Analyses trading patterns, advises teams and ensures appropriate action is taken to unforeseen sales reactions
  • Identifies promotional/marketing opportunities for brand and manages the process
  • Demonstrates views on current key trade activity that potentially impacts the company/Brand
  • Guides teams and agrees department strategies prior to Managing Director sign off
  • Operates an effective/timely product sign off process, appropriate for product lead-time - “Buying Calendar”

- Providing Product Direction:

  • Oversees range development for a global market – ensures that the product reflects the Brand strategy, the range is without gaps or duplication, and that the season is logically and commercially thought through
  • With Head of Design and Buying Director, actively develops brand ‘handwriting’
  • Ensures that the correct level of newness/high fashion is present, and that volume lines are maximised and ‘moved on’ at the appropriate time
  • Adds value to the buying process providing an objective view for Buyers
  • With the Head of Merchandising ensures that product reviews are held with senior management at the appropriate time for product sign-off

- Developing a High Performing Team:

  • With Senior Management team, defines and communicates clear vision of the future – translates into understandable goals and targets
  • Builds a strong team with a focus on succession planning
  • Provides positive leadership supporting Brand/company policy/strategy and encourages others to do so
  • Develops skills of the team – identifies individual training needs as well as encourages effective teamwork

- Communicating Effectively: 

  • Acts in pivotal role for the Buying Director, teams and internal functions to co-ordinate projects and provide two-way communication
  • Works closely with Retail Brand Management to agree layouts/fixturing/model store etc

Must Haves:

  • Combines a creative, innovative approach with commercial ideas
  • Self-starter with the ability to work under minimal supervision and guidance
  • Strong team player and man manager - able to gain trust, respect and confidence quickly and effectively
  • The proven ability to negotiate and drive performance of external as well as internal teams
  • Enthusiasm, energy and determination to achieve results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – being able to quickly establish effective relationships at all levels (internal and external) with gravitas and strength

The exciting Part

  • Early finish Fridays during Summer!
  • 25% discount across all our fab 8 brands to shop until you drop
  • Stunning London offices with a restaurant, bar and beauty salon to always look and feel your best
  • Regular sample sales to refresh your wardrobe at fractional prices
  • Fun, inspiring and ambitious colleagues pushing the boundaries across the whole business
  • Regular competitions to win amazing prizes
  • Events to support our diverse range of charities
  • This role is open to flexible working

We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.

You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves. We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous. Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success. Our people are at the heart of everything we do.